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Phila. couple files breach of contract claim against two N.J. contracting firms

By Jon Campisi | May 3, 2013


A Philadelphia couple claims in a newly filed state court civil action that two New Jersey home contracting firms performed shoddy workmanship on their house, and have refused to return to the residence to correct the problems.

Philadelphia attorney John S. Di Giorgio filed a breach of contract claim on April 28 at the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas on behalf of Adeline and William Dorsey, who reside on the 5900 block of Osage Avenue in West Philadelphia.

The defendants named in the complaint are West Berlin, N.J.-based American Icon Home Improvements Inc. and Pennsauken, N.J.-based Diamond Industries Inc., which does business as Tri-State Basement Systems LLC.

According to the lawsuit, the couple hired both firms to perform home improvement work back in late January 2010.

The contracting firms commenced work in the summer of 2011, repairs and renovation that included the installation of wrought iron railings to the home’s front and rear steps, the installation of a new steel front door, the erection of new aluminum siding to the front and rear walls of the house, the installation of three new windows, the construction of a new laundry room with various amenities, the installation of a closet, the placement of a new kitchen floor, and various other repairs and upgrades throughout the rowhome.

After the three-month job was complete, the plaintiffs noticed various defects in the contracting work, including, but not limited to, a loose front railing, a rear railing made of wood instead of the requested wrought iron, a missing peephole in the front door, nonworking locks on various doors, missing floor carpeting and tile, improperly done electrical work, and missing lighting.

The defendants also failed to properly fix leaks throughout the home, leading to water damage that has resulted in mold growth in some sections of the house, according to the lawsuit.

“Despite several requests to Defendants explaining the workmanship issues, Defendants failed to return and correct the situation,” the lawsuit reads.

The couple claims they paid the two defendants a total of $37,189 for the work.

The complaint contains counts of breach of contract, unjust enrichment and negligence.

The plaintiffs seek more than $50,000 in damages, plus costs, attorney’s fees and other equitable relief.

A jury trial is being demanded.


The case ID number is 130404198. 

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